What funding is available for cladding remediation 18m plus?

There were originally two funds for cladding remediation for buildings over 18m. One of these funds is now closed for applications, whilst the other, known as the Building Safety Fund,  remains open. Funding may also be available through the Developer Pledge, depending on whether your building was developed or renovated by one of the large UK contractors which has signed up to the scheme.

The scheme now closed for applications is the Private Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund. This fund was specifically aimed at covering the costs of removing and replacing unsafe cladding made from Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). Whilst it closed at the end of 2019, in some cases the government may still look favourably on suitable applications. So, if your high rise building is clad in ACM, please do continue to read on to learn more about the funding and how Cladding Consulting may be able to help you.

The fund that is accepting applications and is now in its second guise is the Building Safety Fund. This fund was launched specifically to cover the cost of cladding remediation for buildings over 18m that have been clad in material other than ACM. However, it was revised in July 2022 and now covers any unsafe cladding and associated fire safety risks.

There is also funding available through the Developer Pledge. A number of leading residential developers have pledged to remediate life critical fire safety works in buildings over 11 metres in England that they played a role in developing or refurbishing during the past 30 years. Developers signed up to the pledge have agreed to reimburse any funding already received from government cladding remediation programmes in relation to buildings they had a role in developing or refurbishing. They have also agreed to cover the costs of remediation, to protect leaseholders from having to pay.

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Private sector ACM cladding remediation 18m

In 2019, the government launched the Private Sector ACM Cladding Remediation Fund to cover the costs incurred by replacing unsafe Aluminium Composite Material cladding on private residential buildings in England.

The fund, worth around £200 million, only applied to buildings over 18 metres in height. It was launched with the intention of protecting leaseholders from the costs of cladding remediation work. Where a lease agreement did not enforce such an arrangement, but the building was run by a leaseholder right-to-manage company, the building may still have been entitled to funding.

To qualify under the cladding remediation 18m height fund, applicants would have to confirm they would be replacing unsafe ACM cladding with materials of limited combustibility.

Applications for buildings made up of mixed residential and commercial use may also have been considered. However, if a warranty claim for the full costs of remediation had been accepted, then the building would not qualify for private sector cladding remediation funding. Neither would it if it was a building operated by a social landlord, in which case it would fall under the separate dedicated funding programme.

Applications for private sector ACM cladding remediation for buildings over 18m closed on 31st December 2019. However, it is worth exploring whether you may still be able to make an application, and you can do that by contacting the helpful team at Cladding Consulting.

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The Building Safety Fund for non-ACM cladding remediation 18m

The Building Safety Fund (BSF) is currently accepting applications from qualifying parties looking to cover the costs of unsafe non-ACM and any unsafe cladding remediation for buildings over 18m. It is solely for residential buildings.

The BSF originally opened in 2020, but was subsequently temporarily closed not long after. However, in July 2022, it re-opened in an adapted format.

The fund now puts more emphasis on the individual risk levels of each applicant’s building. This will mean that those with the highest needs can be given greater priority, the pace of addressing life-critical safety fire risk defects hastened, and the funding award process made more proportionate to the level of risk presented by the building.

The government has expressed its commitment to ensuring the safety of leaseholders in their homes. With this in mind, all new applications to the BSF must now include an assessment of the risks posed by fire spread over external walls so that appropriate remediation work can be identified. This process, known as the Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW), must be undertaken by competent professionals in accordance with the new PAS 9980:2022 code of practice, which aims to make remediation solutions more proportionate to the building’s specific level of risk.

If you had already submitted an application for BSF funding for cladding remediation 18m before the programme changed, you have a choice as to whether you carry on with the original process, or switch to the new procedure using an FRAEW.

If you are uncertain as to the best route to take in your individual situation, you are welcome to get in touch for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Building Safety Fund is designed to cover the costs of removing and replacing unsafe non-ACM cladding from residential high rise buildings of at least 18 metres in height, with a 30cm tolerance.

The fund covers ‘reasonable’ capital costs for eligible works necessary to remove the cladding and it covers Cladding Consulting’s fees along with:

  • Direct access related to qualifying works (e.g. scaffolding, mast climber, etc.),
  • Removal and disposal of existing non-ACM cladding
  • ​Replacement materials
  • Labour and reasonable contractor overheads
  • Professional fees for qualifying items
  • Managing agents’ fees for administering qualifying expenditure
  • Extraordinary technical requirements which incur extra costs essential to but not normally associated with removing and replacing unsafe cladding systems

Cladding is the process of adding a new layer of material to the exterior of a building. This could be to boost insulation, enhance weather protection, or improve the appearance of the building.

Some cladding, however, has been found to be less fire resistant than is considered safe. Wood and uPVC cladding is more prone to catching fire, whilst Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, particularly when it has flammable insulation, is considered to be the most combustible.

Aluminium composite material (ACM) is a flat panel made from two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core, between three and seven millimetres thick. The panels have a painted or metallic finish, for example a copper or zinc effect.

ACM with an unmodified polyethylene filler with any type of insulation presents a significant hazard on buildings over 18 metres, and should therefore be replaced. As of 1 June 2022, there has been an outright ban on the use of these types of panels on all new buildings of any height.

There is a cladding remediation fund in the pipeline designed to address fire safety defects in buildings of 11-18 metres in height (Mid-Rise buildings). This fund falls in line with the government’s promise that leaseholders of any building over 11 metres in height should not have to pay for unsafe cladding rectification.

Currently there is no firm date for the launch of this scheme, although we expect it to be in March this year and it is as yet uncertain as to whether it will cover both ACM and non-ACM cladding.

As soon as we have any news, we will post it on our website, so please do check back.

Where a developer takes over responsibility for works on buildings already in the Building Safety Fund (BSF) process, they are required to ensure they take forward full cladding remediation for all works recommended by the Fire Risk Appraisal of External Walls (FRAEW). They must also ensure any costs incurred by applicants and leaseholders in developing the remediation project are reimbursed.

If BSF funding has already been agreed and a contract signed, the applicant will be expected to continue with the BSF process. Once the works are completed, the developer will reimburse the BSF for the works.

If funding has been agreed but no contract signed, the developer can either leave the remediation within the BSF process as above, or withdraw the building from the fund and remediate it themselves. Either way, it will be down to the developer to pay.

If funding is yet to be agreed, the developer must follow the adapted BSF process to scope out the works required.

If you are applying to the cladding remediation fund through Cladding Consulting, you can leave all of this detail to us, and we will ensure that the appropriate process is followed. If you are entering into negotiations with a developer under the Developer Pledge, we can help you by appraising your agreement via our highly specialised contract lawyers who have specific experience in this area.

Our service is designed to support leaseholders, managing agents and other parties with an interest in or responsibility for a building that has fire safety defects such as unsafe cladding.

Our long term experience in the property sector led us to identify a need for guidance through the process of applying to the cladding remediation fund, which is renowned for its complexity and known to be very time consuming.

In our specialist role, we take applicants under the fund through the entire process, from finding out whether their building has fire safety defects and arranging the necessary documentary proof, to receiving the funds to rectify the problem and appointing and managing the contractors who will undertake the remediation works.

Throughout the funding application process, we liaise closely with the fund operators to progress the claim. To ensure the security and correct handling of the funds once they are released, we have robust structures in place so that we can carefully manage the money and ensure contractors and other parties are paid accordingly. Throughout, we maintain strict financial records of all transactions to completion.

Applicants are provided access to a secure online portal where they can view documentation in real time for complete transparency. Through regular video calls, we keep applicants up to date on progress, with all meetings minuted and shared on the portal.

On completion, we hand over an electronic file containing all the drawings, warranties, plans, consents and any other documentation relating to the project. Whilst we manage everything on behalf of the applicant, we ensure that direct contracts are signed between them and all the individual parties involved, so that they have direct access to the collateral warranties once the project is finalised.

If you are eligible for funding, Cladding Consultings fees will be covered by it.